By Robert Holman
The Moore County High School boys’ basketball team turned back a late LEAD Academy rally to win its Region 4-A quarter final game 66-63 in overtime Saturday in Nashville. Andrew Copeland’s soft jumper gave Moore County the lead for good early in the overtime period. Two free throws by Riley Holman helped close out the win in a game that was much tighter down the stretch than the handful of MCHS faithful in attendance would have liked.
The victory, in front of about 25 MCHS fans, kept the season alive for Moore County (13-12), while sending the Raiders to Eagleville on Tuesday for a Region 4-A semifinal contest. Tuesday’s result was not available at press time. Tuesday’s winner moved on to the region finals and is guaranteed to play in a TSSAA sectional game on Monday, March 8, while the season is over for Tuesday’s loser.
The Raiders led by as many as 16 points, but LEAD picked up its defensive pressure in the second half and came from behind to force the extra period. With the contest tied at 58-all, Copeland, who finished with a team-high 19 points to lead Moore County, lifted above LEAD defenders Kalen Jackson and Derrick Seay and let an eight-footer
Copeland’s basket gave MCHS a 60-58 lead the Raiders would never relinquish. He added another bucket and a free throw in the overtime, while Will Harder made one free throw as well. Moore County led 64-63 when Holman went to the charity stripe with 3.8 seconds remaining, making both. After a LEAD Academy timeout,
the hosts misfired on a 3-point attempt from the baseline, and Moore County escaped with its first region victory since Feb. 28, 2008.
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